THE PREDATOR (MA15+)
BIGGER AND BADDER, BUT NOT MUCH BETTER, US, 107 MIN Assessing the overall worth of the long-running
Predator franchise is very easy indeed. The Arniestarring original from 1987 is a run-gun-andrepeat classic. All the rest have been cinematic dumpster fires, barely able to stay alight until the closing credits. While the same outcome is achieved by this erratic, self-contradictory reboot, it does put up a good fight (and some great frights) before assuming the form of hot garbage. The action centres on the unwelcome arrival to Earth of a new, super-sized Predator and the motley crew of caricatures with whom he will be skirmishing. These include a too-cool-for-school sniper (Boyd Holbrook) and a where-the-heckdid-she-suddenly-learn-to-operate-heavyartillery-like-that? scientist (Olivia Munn). The pure action sequences do rock, but the rest rarely gets on a roll for long.